Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced today an $850,000 boost for Gunnedah's Livvi's Place Playground - an all inclusive playground planned to be built at Wolseley Park.
Gunnedah Shire Council applied for funding from the Stronger Country Communities Program as part of the NSW Government's $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to add to already allocated funds. The project will see trampolines, dual swings, a sandpit, tube rides, acoustic instruments and more.
“Our community has been calling out for upgrades to local facilities and I’m thrilled these sorts of projects can now be carried out. This inclusive playground has a wide variety of activities that will entertain a range of ages and abilities," Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said.
“Livvi’s Place playground has to come to life through the Stronger Country Communities program which is a once-in-a-generation investment and it will provide regional towns like Gunnedah with the infrastructure they deserve.
“We need to continue to work toward improving the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of our region, this funding will help us do exactly that."
The concept plan was developed by Kathryn Yigman of Stewart Surveys, following extensive consultation with the community and the Inclusive Playground Working Group.
Local mum Ashley Bender began the campaign for the playground by presenting a 300-plus signature petition to Council to consider the concept.
Earlier in the year, Council moved to enter into partnership with the Touched By Olivia Foundation, whose purpose is to create inclusive play spaces to give every Australian the right to play, side by side, without discrimination or prejudice and to facilitate social and community inclusion for people with a disability as well as their families and carers.